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Comparing Freelance Writing to a 9 to 5

Have you ever taken the time to compare a freelance writing career to a 9 to 5? If your answer is yes, there is a good chance that you are well aware of the pros and cons of both jobs. If no, you may not realize that a career in freelance writing has so much to offer.

There are many details to compare. Where you start is up to you. Some people first take a look at how much money they can make. With a career in freelance writing you are in charge of your own income and how much you bring in. That being said, there is no guarantee of what you will earn. With most 9 to 5 jobs you are given a set rate of pay, and you have to wait for a raise if you want to earn more. That being said, you may have a bit more security.

Don’t forget about the freedom factor. When you work for yourself you get to call the shots and work when you want. With a 9 to 5 you are at the mercy of your employer from the first minute you arrive at your office until you clock out. Are you willing to give away your freedom? If you decide to work as a freelance writer you do not have to.

There are other details to consider as well. Where will you get your benefits if you decide to become a freelance writer? You have to pay for everything from health insurance to life insurance and much more. What about the fact that most 9 to 5 jobs don’t offer much in terms of potential for advancement? If you want to move onto bigger and better things, you may have to take control of your career and quit relying on a single employer.

When comparing a freelance writing career to a 9 to 5 it is easy to see the pros and cons of both. The big question is: which option wins out in your mind?

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